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INCOLSA Selects Koha for Indiana Shared Library Catalog

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From the press release, LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, and the Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority (INCOLSA) have announced that the Indiana Shared Library Catalog (ISLC) is migrating to Koha ZOOM for their next integrated library system (ILS) and union catalog.

Update on the Evergreen ILS

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Previously on OSS4LIB, it was mentioned that "A new and promising ILS is being developed and maintained by the Georgia Public Library Service for use by the Georgia Library PINES Program, a consortium of 249 public libraries.". Then there was an entry about the project being ahead of schedule, and another concerning a demo. What was never posted here is that Evergreen has been running live in production at PINES (which is now over 260 libraries) since September of 2006. There is a vibrant community growing around the software consisting of the PINES crew, volunteers, interested individuals, and even a handful of vendors. Evergreen has started to spread beyond Georgia, and most recently, Equinox Software and the King County Library System have teamed up to build a Proof-of-Concept Evergreen installation. Check out the press release.

Stow-Munroe Falls for Koha ZOOM

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From the press release: LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library in Stow Ohio, USA has just gone live with Koha ZOOM.

Their OPAC is available online at: http://opac.smfpl.org/

SOPAC-1.0

As seen at blyberg.net, John Blyberg wrote: "I finally got permission to go ahead with implementing what I’ve dubbed “The SOPAC” here at AADL. That would be “cute-speak” for Social OPAC. The SOPAC represents a slew of features that I’ve wanted to implement for quite some time now. I’m rather excited to see if library users will respond to these tools in an OPAC setting as much as Web 2.0 users have to commercial social networking sites. I’m fairly confident they will. ...So what is the SOPAC? It’s basically a set of social networking tools integrated into the AADL catalog. It gives users the ability to rate, review, comment-on, and tag items."

SOPAC presents as a set of drupal modules and ships under the GPLv2. Links for the files, along with other interesting packages John has released over the years, are available here.

Congrats to John on this milestone release!

Story on libraries and open source at Linux.com

From the story at Linux.com: "The open source movement and libraries have a lot in common, not the least of which is the belief in free and open access to ideas and information. Yet, until recently, libraries have been slow to switch to open source software. Libraries have highly specialized software needs because the library community has developed its own complex standards and protocols to facilitate things like interlibrary loan, meta data sharing, and federated searching. Until recently, lack of commercial support made implementing open source unfeasible for libraries without an IT staff. Also, open source alternatives weren't perceived as scalable or feature-rich enough to handle the complex needs of most libraries. Now, commercial support has facilitated new levels of collaboration between libraries through sponsored development."

Koha with Class: Free Hosted Koha for Library Classrooms

From the press release: "LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today the launch of the Koha with Class Initiative, offering free hosted Koha systems to library school classrooms."

Koha with Class: Future Librarians Train Using Koha ILS

ATHENS, OH -November 27, 2006- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the next generation of librarians at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX are training with Koha, the first open-source ILS.

Koha ILS was selected by Dr. Diane Neal, Assistant Professor at TWU's School of Library and Information Studies, as a learning tool for students taking coursework in library automation. Dr. Neal, formerly a Systems Librarian for University of Texas at Arlington, is a strong proponent of open-source software in libraries. "I chose Koha for several reasons," says Dr. Neal. "First, its web-based staff side interface makes it possible for students to access Koha easily from their own computers. This was a major concern, because the class is taught entirely online, and for that reason, it would be difficult for me to distribute desktop-based clients. Additionally, I believe that the philosophy of open-source software closely aligns with the philosophy of libraries as community-oriented organizations, so I choose to advocate open-source software in support of that alignment."

LibLime is hosting the demo systems for the class pro bono. "We're tremendously excited to see Koha being used in a classroom setting," says LibLime's President, Technology and Koha Release Manager Joshua Ferraro. "It is a great opportunity for librarians to get hands-on experience with open source. Nothing dispels fear of new technology like using it yourself. We're confident that the advantages of open source speak for themselves."

And how have the students reacted to the concept of open-source software in libraries? "My students have done an excellent job of weighing the advantages and disadvantages of open-source software in libraries. I assigned a discussion question on this topic, and they were quite analytical about the topic," says Dr. Neal.

Students were quick to see the advantages of open source which include the freedom to customize and cost-effectiveness, as well as the shared values which make open-source software and libraries a natural match: free access and community-driven knowledge. TWU student Vidya Krishnaswamy puts it best: "I am a strong supporter for the open-source software because its principles are so much similar and closer to the values and principles we as librarians believe which is free and equal access to data, information, and knowledge."

Is learning about library automation by using Koha likely to influence students' technology decisions when they themselves have to someday choose between open-source and proprietary software? "I am not sure yet whether this project will lead students to choose open-source or non-open-source solutions for their libraries in the future, but I am positive that the experience they are getting from this project is invaluable experience for them," says Dr. Neal. "Overall, my goal has been to provide a safe environment for students to explore the process of configuring integrated library systems, the communication issues and management decisions involved in a system configuration, and the nature of open-source software."

Neal's class, currently called Automation in the Library, will be called Library Technology Systems beginning Fall 2007. An elective course scheduled to be offered each fall, the class will introduce approximately 25 new students to Koha each quarter. In the words of TWU student Gayle Gordon: "The future of the library profession will depend in large part on how we handle technology." LibLime couldn't agree more, and we're confident that future is open source.

About Koha

Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe. Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means `Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/. To try out the new Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

http://liblime.com/demos

About LibLime

LibLime offers a refreshing alternative to expensive proprietary software. LibLime's mission is to help libraries upgrade to open source by offering affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides services on these software products including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.

Koha ZOOM Goes Live and It Rocks

ATHENS, OH -November 15, 2006- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that the Nelsonville Public Library System in Athens Ohio has just gone live with Koha ZOOM, and they couldn't be more pleased. Koha ZOOM includes a powerful, full-featured search engine based on Zebra, a high-performance indexing and retrieval engine. Koha ZOOM catapults Koha into the big leagues, improving standards-compliance, eliminating scalability limitations, and offering some of the most advanced searching technologies available. For those libraries who have been waiting for an open-source ILS that rivals the expensive proprietary systems, the wait is over. Koha ZOOM is a true enterprise-class ILS, suitable for even the largest of collections.

It is fitting that the Nelsonville Public Library System (NPL) should premiere Koha ZOOM. No stranger to open source, NPL made waves in 2002 by becoming the first public library in the U.S. to adopt an open-source ILS, and the first public library in the world to use the MARC version of Koha. "The Nelsonville Library is very proud to be the first library in the world to put this new version of Koha into production," says NPL webmaster and Koha Interface Designer Owen Leonard. "NPL has been a core contributor to Koha for years now, and we are committed to helping foster the growth and development of this open-source project which can benefit libraries all over the world. With this upgrade comes a system that rivals any in the commercial realm, and NPL is proud to have helped make it possible." Nelsonville's public catalog can be found at: http://search.athenscounty.lib.oh.us

With a web-based interface, great self-service tools, support for important library standards like MARC and Z39.50, and lots of cool extras like enhanced content from Amazon.com, Koha is just what the doctor ordered. It's perfect for libraries looking to upgrade their legacy systems on a tight budget, or simply desiring control over the direction of their software investments. And with commercial support like LibLime, there are no barriers to implementation even for libraries limited (or no) in-house technology staff.

Open-source: the power to collaborate; the freedom to customize

Of course, the true power of open-source is in the ability to customize and to steer the direction of development. The integration of Koha and Zebra is yet another success story demonstrating the power of open-source software collaboration. As with all open-source projects, the value of sponsored development is in quality assurance. Purchasing development services guarantees that adequate time and resources are allocated to creating a production-ready product. No one library has to shoulder all development costs and, unlike proprietary software, all libraries using the product are not forced to foot the bill for development by paying hefty annual licensing fees. Libraries benefit from the developments sponsored or contributed by other libraries. Everyone wins.

"The Nelsonville Library is very grateful to Liblime," says Owen Leonard of NPL. "Without their help this radical advance in Koha development would not have been possible. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail were indispensable at every step in the process. This wasn't just an upgrade to our software, this was an upgrade to the quality of service the Nelsonville Public Library is able to offer to our patrons."

Koha libraries are coordinating their efforts and pooling resources to reach their technology goals. If you're looking to take control of your ILS, there's never been a better time.

About Nelsonville Public Library

The Nelsonville Public Library is a 7-branch library system in Southeast Ohio. NPL provides services to approximately 50,000 borrowers and has over 350,000 items in their collection. In 2002, NPL become the first public library in the U.S. to adopt an open-source ILS, and the first public library in the world to use the MARC version of Koha. Nelsonville has sponsored several functionality improvements to Koha including the initial MARC development and the Z39.50 server. NPL's webmaster Owen Leonard currently serves as Interface Designer for the Koha project.

About Koha

Koha is a full-featured Open Source library management system first deployed in January 2000 at Horowhenua Library Trust. It is currently maintained by a team of software providers and library technology staff from around the globe. Since it was first put into production in early 2000, Koha has enabled new realities of open access, affordability, and free innovation for hundreds of small and medium-sized libraries around the world. Koha has lived up to its name, which means `Gift' in the Maori language of New Zealand. From the outset, many libraries understood the power of this gift. They downloaded it, they installed it, they changed it, and they contributed their solutions back to the library community.

Several companies around the world support Koha, providing libraries with a full array of vendor services including installation, migration assistance, data integrity testing, staff training, software maintenance, support and customization. To learn more about what services are available visit http://koha.org/support/. To try out Koha ZOOM for yourself, visit LibLime's demos:

* http://liblime.com/demos

About LibLime

LibLime offers a refreshing alternative to expensive proprietary software. LibLime's mission is to help libraries upgrade to open source by offering affordable and customizable open-source library technology solutions, such as Koha ILS. LibLime also provides services on these software products including: migration assistance, staff training, and sofware maintenance, support, and development.

News from LibLime: Special Collection Libraries Choose Koha

Joshua writes with this release:

"ATHENS, OH --September 27, 2006-- LibLime, the leader in open-source solutions for libraries, announced today that three more special library collections have migrated to Koha, the first open-source Integrated Library System. Recent migrations include the Native Village of Afognak Library in Alaska, USA; the Alaska Statewide Mentor Project also in Alaska, USA; and the Childcare Resource and Research Unit, a resource room at the University of Toronto, Canada.

In addition to the commitment and passion they pour into their collections, these libraries have two other things in common: small budgets and large software needs. Koha offers special collection staff and users a feature-rich ILS, a web-based OPAC, and outstanding self-service tools. LibLime gives libraries a refreshing alternative to the proprietary software model, offering turnkey solutions with all the advantages of open source-- including the freedom to customize the look and functionality of their ILS."

For the whole story, and links to the sites involved, see the the whole story at LibLime.

PhpMyLibrary-2.2.1-3

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Download it at PhpMyLibrary Official Website

http://www.phpmylibrary.org

Or at PhpMyLibrary Sourceforge Project Site

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpmylibrary/

Or At Mirror Sites

Sourceforge PhpMyLibrary Download Mirror

Serials class has been done and workable. The permissions or
librarian management functionalities has also been done. The
settings class is created also making the conf.php obsolete.
The installer functionalities has been updated.

Done:

1. Serials Management
2. Admins/Permissions/Librarians Management
3. Settings Management
4. New Web-based Installer
5. Library settings conf.php removed. Replaced
with db-based configs.

Goal:

1. Recode USMARC/Patron Import/Export Function
2. Modify DB not to store MARC but only tags and values
3. Create Inventory Management
4. Create Reports Management
5. Modify catalog db to store array-based (serialized) values.

Changelog:

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Thank you.

Polerio T. Babao III
Core Developer - PhpMyLibrary